Vacation Coaches and Travel Trends

Vacation Coaches and Travel Trends

All the latest—straight from travel professionals.

What’s new? Travel options seem to change quickly. Popular destinations, new destinations, even tried and true destinations, there’s a hotel, meal or experience that’s awaiting you. Our Vacation Coaches share their insight for the latest in dining, adventure, culture, wellness and luxury—those experiences that make your vacation extraordinary.




“Live Aqua Cancun is impressive. It’s a peaceful sanctuary for your senses. Aromatherapy for your room, chef prepared meals, a beautiful beach and luxurious spa. It’s very elegant and rejuvenating.”
Stephanie Temple, Travel Professional for 11 years; Kenton, OH

“The trend in wellness is healing over pampering. It’s about recapturing a healthy state of mind. Besides a day at the spa, it might include a nutritionist, meditation or fitness in an amazing setting– wellness-focused classes or experiences.”
Chip Barker, Travel Professional for six years; Tampa, FL


“Who wouldn’t love the over-the-water bungalows at El Dorado Maroma? Glass floors, private sundeck, indoor Jacuzzi and an outdoor shower.”
-Nancy Scorby, Travel Professional for 30 years; St. Charles, IL

“The trend in luxury is not glitz and glamour but the relaxed feeling knowing everything is perfect—the service, the food and drink, the grounds, the rooms and the spa. Le Blanc Los Cabos is an example of remarkable luxury.”
Janet Haber, Travel Professional for 25 years; Brewster, NY


“Travelers are increasingly requesting historical and immersive tours in destination with local tour guides. They provide invaluable first-hand knowledge and perspective.”
Kristi Huss, Travel Professional for 20 years; Sioux Center, IA

“People are moving away from typical vacations and seeking out places like Costa Rica and Iceland.”
Jeff Leach, Travel Professional for five years; Omaha, NE


“Travelers want to feel connected to the place. UNICO 20° 87° Riviera Maya offers many immersive tours. There are excursions to Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza, Garrafon Natural Reef Park and Muyil. There’s swimming with dolphins, sailing and extreme snorkeling.”


“Hawaii always meets the criteria for a top destination. It’s luxurious. It has adventure, culture and amazing food.”
Anne Jasper, Travel Professional for 33 years, Cedar Rapids, IA

New York City. You can pack it all in. Culture, theatre, sightseeing, shopping and amazing dining.”


“All-inclusive properties provide the opportunity to try new foods and wines without an additional price tag. El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya offers a culinary theatre which allows guests to have a first-hand food preparation experience with chefs.”
Stephanie Temple, Travel professional for 11 years; Kenton, OH

“I recommend a local restaurant for a night off the resort. My new favorite is La Cappella at Hacienda San Angel in Puerto Vallarta—it’s fabulous Italian dining with a once-in-a-lifetime view.”


After spending a decade in Los Angeles where she worked with top travel news journalists, produced and casted for such shows as The Biggest Loser, Endurance, Extreme Home Makeover and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, the travel industry never lost its luster. Lisabeth continues to appease her roving curiosity with travel writing and research. She writes feature stories, news-worthy travel content, interviews experts for in-depth Q&As, and covers vacation trends.